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Gujarat Woman Claims To Be First ‘Sologamy’ In India

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Ahmedabad: A woman, 24, from Gujarat’s Vadodara has created a flutter after announcing that she would marry herself by following traditional rituals of a Hindu wedding on June 11.

However, according to experts, a ‘sologamy’ or self-marriage does not have any legal standing in India.

The woman, Kshama Bindu, said she wished to do away with the stereotypes and inspire others who are “tired of finding true love.” Bindu, who claims to be bisexual, also said that her marriage will be the first example of sologamy in the country.

“At one point in my life, I realised that I don’t require a prince charming because I am my own queen. I want the wedding day, but not the next day. That is why I have decided to marry myself on June 11. I will dress up like a bride, take part in rituals, my friends will attend my wedding and then I will come back to my house instead of going with the groom,” the woman was quoted as saying to reporters by news agency PTI.

Working professional Bindu also said that her mother, who lives in another city, has agreed to this unusual “groom-less” wedding.

“I have already booked a pandit (priest) to solemnise my marriage. I have observed that unlike in the West, self marriages are not popular in India. Hence, I have decided to start this trend and inspire others. People may not like my idea, I am confident that I am doing the right thing,” she was quoted as saying by the agency.

Legal experts though opined that sologamy would not have any legal support in India. “As per Indian laws, you cannot marry yourself. There has to be two persons in a marriage. Sologamy is not legal,” senior High Court advocate Krishnakant Vakharia told PTI.

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